I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and can speak some Taiwanese, and enjoy teaching students of all ages. With over 10 years of teaching experience, I am able to tailor the speed, curriculum and style of each lesson to the individual. By default, I will teach music in the Suzuki Violin series, but I am more than happy to arrange or find violin parts for songs you are interested in!
I like to make my classes fun, and I am constantly thinking of new ways to engage young musicians. I help my students fall in love with the music using the Suzuki method - emphasizing constant immersion in music, regular performances, music theory, posture and artistic expression. Learning music is like learning a language; you must immerse yourself in it by listening to it daily and practicing. With younger children, I am very nurturing and adept at incorporating learning games to make performance fun. Music theory can be boring, so I tie in music theory as it relates to the pieces we are currently learning, and make learning it a game. I have over 10 years of experience teaching kids Pre-K – 6th grade, so I am very patient, nurturing and kind, but strict when I need to be.
My family moved around a lot during my childhood, but music remained the one constant in my life. Playing the violin gives me a lot of joy and I hope to pass on the joy of music to my students!
*** Lesson Details ***
Curriculum - I will primarily be using the books in the. Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 - Vol. 10 and the Flesch Scale System. I have PDFs for all the books in the Suzuki Method and Flesch Scale System and will email them out to parents before lessons. It is the students responsibility to bring their music to class after it has been emailed out. After students have advanced past basic violin skills, I may bring in supplemental material - pieces from pop culture, such as the Titanic theme or tunes that students are interested in learning. Theory will be taught in class as it relates to the piece we are working on, and I will supply worksheets when necessary.
After students have advanced past the Suzuki Violin School, Violin Part, Volume 10, I may introduce violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Mozart.
Because performance is an integral part to the Suzuki method, I encourage my students to perform once a year at our annual recital. Shy students, never fear! I will work with you extensively to make your piece beautiful. If any students are not comfortable with performing publicly, they can decide to opt out of the annual recital.
*** Studio Equipment ***
In studio lessons will be held at my home in the living room, with adequate seating for parents. I provide a music stand, and a keyboard, guitar and tuner for tuning.
I encourage parents to bring a video or audio recorder to record the lessons for students to review during the week, and of course, their violin, bow, rosin, and assigned pieces.
*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to your home, I will bring my own violin, bow, rosin, and books. I expect the student to provide music stands, their assigned pieces, and a well lit area for lessons.
*** Specialties ***
-Violin: Suzuki Method